professional


1pro·fes·sion·al

adjective \prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -ˈfe-shə-nəl\

: relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill

: done or given by a person who works in a particular profession

: paid to participate in a sport or activity

Full Definition of PROFESSIONAL

1
a :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession
b :  engaged in one of the learned professions
c (1) :  characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession
(2) :  exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace
2
a :  participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs <a professional golfer>
b :  having a particular profession as a permanent career <a professional soldier>
c :  engaged in by persons receiving financial return <professional football>
3
:  following a line of conduct as though it were a profession <a professional patriot>
pro·fes·sion·al·ly adverb

Examples of PROFESSIONAL

  1. Do you have any professional experience?
  2. You should seek professional advice.
  3. a golfer who recently turned professional
  4. I was impressed by the calm and professional way she handled the crisis.
  5. The presentation was very professional.

First Known Use of PROFESSIONAL

1606

2professional

noun

: someone who does a job that requires special training, education, or skill : someone who is a member of a profession

: someone who is paid to participate in a sport or activity

: someone who has a lot of experience or skill in a particular job or activity

Full Definition of PROFESSIONAL

:  one that is professional; especially :  one that engages in a pursuit or activity professionally

Examples of PROFESSIONAL

  1. The bathtub was installed by a professional.
  2. The tournament is open to both amateurs and professionals.
  3. a golfer who recently became a professional
  4. She handled the situation like a professional.

First Known Use of PROFESSIONAL

1811

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